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Old 07-26-2014, 03:08 AM   #1
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Default 2015 ATS Leggera

ATS first burst onto the scene in 2012 when it introduced the Sport 1000. The company then followed that up in early 2014 with a revised and renamed model called the ATS Sport . Now, ATS has a new model and, mercifully, it has a legitimate-sounding name. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the ATS Leggera.The Leggera is another one of those retro-inspired sports roadsters that seem to be gaining even more popularity these days. But unlike the other retros, the Leggera doesn’t really offer a lot for the amount of money you’ll have to spend to buy one.
It looks completely mundane and the interior, while dressed in fancy Italian leather, really does bring you back to the days of bore..err, I mean yore.
The likely saving grace of the Leggera is its handling, something ATS consciously worked on to ensure that customers get a good ride, which leads me to believe that maybe a "good ride" is all this sports car really offers.

You’re not going to mistake the design of the ATS Leggera for anything other than a retro-styled roadster inspired by the halcyon days of the 1950’s Italian open-top sports cars.
What’s disappointing about its appearance is that it looks too simple, even for its own retro standards. The Ant-Kahn Evanta Barchetta was similar in a lot of ways but at least that one had a more distinctive front end, whereas the Leggera looks like it just had its lunch money stolen from it.
It does have a stainless-steel, tubular-frame chassis, making it lightweight but still have that rigidity to keep it from completely falling off the rails. ATS also gets points for placing the roadster’s engine right smack in the front mid-center, a position that allows for an exact 50/50 weight distribution.
It’s got an aluminum fuel cap similar to the ones used in the 50’s and 60’s.

The ATS also has some are standard features that are worth taking note of. It’s got an aluminum fuel cap similar to the ones used in the 50s and 60s. Conversely, the standard LED rearlights and optional LED headlights and xenon headlights provide a nice splash of modern styling to the predominantly retro-inspired roadster.
ATS is also offering a set of 16-inch alloy wheels for the Leggera, although those can be changed in favor of a classic wire wheels set.

The interior is what you’d expect from a retro-themed roadster. In so many words, it looks old, dated, and boring. But this is how ATS intended it to look like, so we’ll give it the benefit of the doubt.
If it doesn't stand out, might as well dress it to look nicer, right?

We’ll also give the automaker credit for at least dressing up the interior with plenty of expensive materials, including the seats that are lined with Italian leather, the wooden steering wheel, and interior panels that can be colored depending on the customer’s preference.
Three-point seatbelts come standard on the ATS Sport, but customers can do away with that and instead opt for four-point seatbelts that are combined with lightweight, carbon seats. Another “by request” feature of the ATS Leggera is a full FIA-approved roll bar that ATS can fit into the car in lieu of the dual chrome roll bars that come standard.

The ATS Leggera is surprisingly quick and powerful, something it can attribute to its 650-kg (1,322-pound) weight.
Still, I have to give appropriate credit to its turbocharged, GM-sourced, 1,598-cc, four-cylinder engine that produce 210 horsepower or 240 horsepower in the 300 and 365 Leggera models, respectively. Both versions mate to a five-speed manual transmission but you can swap that for a six-speed sequential transmission.
With these numbers, the Leggera 300 can hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and top out at 135 mph, while the 365 version hits 60 mph in four seconds and tops out at 145 mph.
Another variant of this model is the ATS 480 Super Leggera, which uses a GM-sourced, 1,598-cc, turbocharged engine that pumps out 300 horses. The transmission options are the same as the two base Leggeras. The extra ponies help get this model to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 160 mph.
For a limited time, you can also snag the 420 Super Leggera SS with a Spoon-tuned, Honda F22C, 1,998-cc engine that puts out 280 ponies and mates to a six-speed manual gearbox. These 280 ponies head to a Spoon Sports limited-slip racing diff before heading out to the wheels. The Leggera SS sprints to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 160 mph. The Super Leggera SS is limited to just five units.
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Old 07-26-2014, 07:45 AM   #2
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Ugh. Do not want.

At first glance this looks to be a rather awesome old school Italian roadster; perhaps an obscure Dino or Spider variant you never saw before because it slipped through the pages of time. Then you look closer and the design is missing so much the car looks like it's a caricature. It doesn't have any of the nuance of those old classics. It looks like it's out of Pixar's Cars or something. Ugh. The Spoon tuned F22 is the only good thing I can make out of this whole mess.
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Old 07-26-2014, 08:35 AM   #3
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Looks like they stole the back end from a TVR Tuscan Speed
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Old 07-26-2014, 02:20 PM   #4
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I don't see any dealers outside of the one in Italy. Meh.
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Old 07-26-2014, 03:13 PM   #5
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That shift boot looks ridiculous
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Old 07-26-2014, 06:08 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by ChiWRX View Post
That shift boot looks ridiculous

My first thought was "why is it wearing frilly pants?"
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Old 07-26-2014, 07:51 PM   #7
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looks like a miata with a homemade fiberglass kit body on it.

something is not right.
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Old Yesterday, 12:40 AM   #8
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Is too 1 piece molded. Looks like a speed racer model sans decals. The dash and overall body is less thought out than my kid's $250 Powerwheels.
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Old Yesterday, 09:38 AM   #9
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If you want to do a retro inspired roadster you do this...


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